Here’s the latest on the smart meter front — City of Naperville, Illinois, yesterday deployed armed police to assist the city’s forced smart meter installations on residents who refuse the city’s smart meters and have a pending federal lawsuit to stop the city’s forced smart meter installation program. In addition, Naperville police arrested two mothers who resisted the installations at their home properties.
Read the press release issued by the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group below. Also watch their videos. In one, the male police officer says that the home videographer (one of the moms) has to stop videotaping him — even though the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the ACLU’s assertion that people have a First Amendment right to record a police officer on the job.
Here’s one of the home videos shot by one of the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness moms (the other video that the NSMA shot is at the bottom of this post):
Naperville’s smart meter program is turning out to be a major disappointment not just for trampling over people’s personal, property, human, and civil rights — it is also now going overbudget. In fact, it’s currently $1.7 million overbudget, so it’s pricetag now totals $23.6 million. Funding of these smart meter programs across the country has been criticized for governments and utilities investing in “smart” meter technology that will soon become obsolete.
While Naperville city officials like to keep bringing up that the program didn’t really cost that much because an $11 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy helped get the project started — there’s where another major problem lies. Did you approve of your taxpayer money to subsidize Naperville city officials using strong-armed police bullying tactics to force smart meters on consumers who don’t want them? Did you approve of your money being used to force mothers (and others) to have smart meters installed at their homes, without their permission, or against their will, under threat of arrest or disconnection of power?
Action you can take?
Support the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group today: http://www.napervillesmartmeterawareness.org/donate/
Call Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who has opposed smart meters but was over-rided by the state legislators, and inform him and complain to him about what’s happening in Naperville and ask him to right the wrongs there. Phone his office at 217-782-0244 in Springfield, IL, and 312-814-2121 in Chicago, IL. (Note: Springfield is the capitol of Illinois.)
E-mail the Naperville, IL City Council Mayor and Members, and complain about their actions and how the world is holding them accountable: email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
Call the Department of Energy, which awarded the City of Naperville an $11 million matching grant (your taxpayer dollars) to fund its smart meter program. The DOE complaint hotline for fraud, waste and abuse of funds is 202-586-4073. Complain about what’s happening with their stimulus grant and your tax dollars in Napperville. (They should give all of us a refund.)
Call the Whitehouse and tell President Obama how you feel people in his own homestate are being treated and how your taxpayer dollars are being used: 202-456-1111.
Call the Illinois ACLU and tell them to support the Napervills Smart Meter Awareness campaign against smart meters and the civil rights and First Amendment rights of its residents opposing smart meters: 312-201-9740
Go social and spread and share the news and how you feel about it — post something on facebook and tweet your friends and your favorite news media outlets to inform them and complain about what’s happened in Naperville. (Keep it clean and civil, so you don’t get kicked out of facebook or twitter!) Here are some links to the City of Naperville facebook and twitter pages in case you need them:
City of Naperville facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NapervilleIL?ref=ts&fref=ts
City of Naperville on twitter: https://twitter.com/NapervilleIL
Posted on January 23, 2013
(ILLINOIS) From Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA): Two Naperville mothers were arrested today in conjunction with the forced installation of smart meters. NSMA President, Kim Bendis and Board Member, Jen Stahl were arrested today during a forced installation at Jen’s home.
Details are still pending but Kim was witnessing the event from Jen’s property and was video taping. Three officers shoved her against a tree, pried her camera from her hands, and cuffed her. Both Jen and Kim were taken into police custody sometime in the 2:00 hour CST.
Kim is a mother of 3 school aged children. Jen has 2 school aged children and a toddler at home. All children are safe and are being taken care of by family or friends.
This is an extraordinary tragedy as there is still a pending federal lawsuit and the issue of smart meters has not been decided in Naperville. This demonstrates the lengths to which the city officials have been willing to go to force residents into compliance.
Sources close to the group say that during a closed door council session there was discussion of the strategy the city would use this week to obtain 100% compliance on installations. Residents have been told the city is willing to use whatever means necessary.